Ex-BBC reporter Rageh Omaar to join ITV News as special correspondent

Bafta winning BBC war correspondent Rageh Omaar has left Qatar-based al-Jazeera to join ITV News as a special correspondent.

ITV News tried to hire Omaar back in 2004, but failed. However, he will now be responsible for covering a "broad range of news stories and producing special in-depth reports from all around the UK and when required, on stories abroad".

Omaar said: "Joining ITV News represents a return to news reporting for me, which is where my passion for journalism began."

He said he was "incredibly excited to be joining such a fantastic and thriving news organisation with a wonderful history".

Omaar has also previously reported for Channel 4's Dispatches, Sky News and ITV, and has written two books, Revolution Day: the Real Story of the Battle for Iraq, and Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain.

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